Homemade Spicy Gingerbread single with caramel square


This Homemade Spicy Gingerbread is a quick and easy recipe that is full of rich molasses & flavored with plenty of ginger & cinnamon. A perfect dessert for the holidays, served with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a la mode or with homemade caramel or vanilla sauce. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keywords Christmas, dessert, easy recipe, gingerbread, molasses, recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 224 kcal
Author Linda Warren


  • 1/2 cup shortening melted
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with shortening. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine melted shortening, molasses and sugar. 
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda and spices.

  4. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with hot water to molasses mixture. Beat until smooth.

  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

  6. Place on wire rack to cool. 

  7. Sprinkle cooled gingerbread with powdered sugar.

  8. Cut into squares and serve as is, a la mode or with a caramel or vanilla sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 194mg8%
Potassium 227mg6%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.